SRtRC team up with Bedford Borough Council to work in the borough's schools
The report from this event is from the Bedford Borough Council website:
A new programme of anti-racism work in Bedford by national charity Show Racism the Red Card took place at Police Headquarters in Kempston on Monday June 21.
Cllr Charles Royden attended the event to outline Bedford Borough Council’s support for the programme.
Around 160 borough pupils from Springfield Lower, Balliol Lower and Robert Bruce Middle School turned up to see Watford legend Luther Blissett and former Fulham and West Ham midfielder Leroy Rosenior launch the programme of anti-racism education. The programme will be delivered to young people alongside fun football fitness sessions over the coming year.
Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transports at Bedford Borough Council said: “One of the most important lessons children can learn is that no level of racism should ever be tolerated. Football is a great game for showing evidence of how players from different ethnic backgrounds and cultures come together to form one team, with one clear aim, to win!”
The event included a World-Cup themed anti-racism workshop, an interactive hip-hop performance, a DVD featuring top footballers and the chance to ask questions on racism to the ex-professional players.
The charity aims to combat racism by inviting role models, who are predominately but not exclusively footballers, to present anti-racist messages to young people and others.